Probiotics May Help Treat Obesity in Gastric Bypass Patients

According to a new study from Arizona State University, US, probiotics may promote weight loss and treat obesity in gastric bypass patients.Probiotics May Help Treat Obesity in Gastric Bypass Patients

For the study, a team of researchers characterized the microbial communities in 9 people with severe obesity before the gastric bypass surgery and 6 months after the procedure. They also compared the microbial communities with the communities in 10 control subjects and 24 people who had this surgery 13–60 months previously.

Co-author of the study Prof. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown comments on the results of the study: “Understanding the microbial behavior in the gut could potentially lead to creating a probiotic that could replace surgery — or an improved indicator to identify the best candidates for surgery and sustained weight loss.”

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